JKR: Encounters with China

by The Dui Hua Foundation

John Kamm Remembers: Encounters with China is a collection of stories by Dui Hua's Founder John Kamm about his encounters with China since its reopening in 1972. The stories recount his journey navigating US-China relations to promote human rights through dialogue. As Dui Hua enters its 25th year, we've launched a podcast series to explore Dui Hua’s unique form of advocacy as well as issues ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • The 2024 UPR: China's Human Rights Report Card at the UN

    The 2024 UPR: China's Human Rights Report Card at the UN

    In the lead-up to China’s human rights review at the United Nations on January 23, host Samy Amanatullah speaks with Dui Hua executive director John Kamm about Dui Hua’s work at the United Nations, the Universal Periodic Review of human rights, and how an NGO like Dui Hua can advocate for political and religious prisoners at the United Nations. This far-reaching conversation also dissects how the Universal Periodic Review works, the international treaties that underpin human rights norms, and how the United States and China compare when it comes to adhering to human rights treaties. Related for this episode: A Very Special Status (John Kamm Remembers) Action in Geneva & New York (Digest) UN Submission Focuses on Persecution of Women in Unorthodox Religions & Dueling Statements, and Visions, at UN Human Rights Council (Human Rights Journal) Dui Hua UN Submissions

  • APEC 2023: Xi and Biden meet

    APEC 2023: Xi and Biden meet

    In this special podcast, host Szewah Leong speaks with Executive Director John Kamm on the recently concluded APEC Summit in San Francisco, with a focus on the meeting between President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping, the first time the two men have seen each other in a year. Topics explored include what was achieved and what wasn’t achieved, the tone of the meeting, the controversial banquet for President Xi hosted by two organizations after the meeting between the two presidents, the likelihood that commitments made will be realized, and how the meeting gave Dui Hua an opportunity to add its voice to the dialogue. Related for this podcast: APEC Summit Highlights Need for Stable Relations (Human Rights Journal) Action in Geneva & New York (Digest) Prisoner Updates

  • Sealing Juvenile Records: The Importance of a Clean Slate

    Sealing Juvenile Records: The Importance of a Clean Slate

    In this episode, host Rebekah Enoch talks with Dui Hua founder John Kamm and retired Judge Leonard Edwards about the expert exchanges Dui Hua has facilitated between juvenile justice practitioners from the United States and China's Supreme People's Court, both in China and in the United States. Exploring questions like, "What does it mean to seal juvenile records?", "Why is it important?" and "What does it have to do with China?", the interview unpacks some of the impressions and the impact of these exchanges on juvenile justice in the United States and China, as well as what it means in the context of Dui Hua's decision to expand the mission to include women in prison and juvenile justice, in addition to political and religious prisoners. Related for this episode: Forging New Paths for US China Dialogue: Juveniles Justice (JKR Podcast) Turning over a New Leaf: Juvenile Offenders Benefit from Reform (Human Rights Journal) “Is the Sealing of Juvenile Records Working in Your Court?” and “Record Sealing: Its Importance for Rehabilitation” (by Judge Edwards) Juvenile Justice Exchanges

  • Kamm’s List: Two Good Priests

    Kamm’s List: Two Good Priests

    Kamm’s List presents the remarkable stories of the cases Dui Hua Founder John Kamm worked on after launching his Prisoner Information Project initiative. In this episode, host Sze Wah Leong engages Kamm in a discussion on the recently revealed life sentence on the Uyghur ethnographer Rahile Dawut, leading to Kamm's story of his involvement with Father Giancarlo Politi, a Catholic priest in Hong Kong committed to finding information on fellow priests detained in China, and how the two men played a role in the release of Father Li Fangchun of Shangqiu South Church, Henan. The exchange sheds light on the experiences and challenges Catholic priests faced in China in the early 1990s. Tune in and immerse yourself in this episode. Prepare to be captivated by an insightful and eye-opening conversation. For those eager to delve deeper, the full story "Two Good Priests" is available on John Kamm Remembers Blog. Related articles to this episode: Prisoner Information Project Press Statement: Life Sentence for Professor Rahile Dawut Confirmed JKR: Two Good Priests (full story)

  • Forging New Paths for US China Dialogue: Juvenile Justice

    Forging New Paths for US China Dialogue: Juvenile Justice

    In this episode, host Rebekah Enoch talks with Dui Hua founder John Kamm about his experience hosting Dui Hua’s first US-China exchange on juvenile justice in 2008. This groundbreaking event brought judicial experts from China's Supreme People's Court to study the juvenile justice system in the United States, beginning a series of exchanges that have contributed to progress made in both countries' juvenile justice systems. John shares his insights on differences in the two countries' systems, the impact of the exchanges, and why Dui Hua decided to expand its mission to include women in prison and juvenile justice, in addition to political prisoners. You can read John's story in latest John Kamm Remembers: “Doing Right by Our Children: Mutual Concern Opens Up New Dialogue” Related articles for this podcast: JKR: A Prison for Juveniles Dui Hua Hosts Juvenile Justice Delegation from China (Press Statement, October 23, 2008) Past exchanges